VAN NUYS (CNS) – A man who police say critically wounded a California Highway Patrol officer during a traffic stop shooting is on the loose Tuesday after Los Angeles Police Department SWAT teams were unable to find him at an apartment complex in Van Nuys.
The manhunt continued Tuesday morning as K-9 units searched the area around the complex after the approximately three and a half hour standoff at the building, where police say the suspect was barricaded.
The suspect was identified by the LAPD as Pejhmaun Khosroadbadi, 33, who is 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighs 210 pounds, and has auburn hair and brown eyes.
SWAT officers evacuated the apartment building but did not find the suspect, described by authorities to be “armed and dangerous.”
The shooting occurred just before 7:55 p.m. Monday in the 4500 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Studio City, one block south of the Ventura (101) Freeway, according to the LAPD.
The officer had conducted a traffic stop on a white Ford Fusion and an altercation ensued, according to authorities.
“During the altercation, the suspect produced a firearm and fired several rounds, striking our officer multiple times,” CHP Officer Wes Haver, of the West Valley Area office, told reporters. “The suspect fled the scene.”
The officer was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in critical condition, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange told the Los Angeles Times. The officer’s condition was later upgraded to serious, according to Fox11.
After shooting the CHP officer, police say the suspect drove to the apartment complex in the 7400 block of Haskell Avenue in Van Nuys. LAPD officers interviewed the suspect’s roommate, according to broadcast reports.
KCAL9 reported police searched the area for a white Ford Fusion with Oregon plates in connection with the shooting. Police later found a Ford Fusion outside the apartment complex that matched the description of the one they say the suspect was driving when the CHP officer was shot.
The area around Haskell and Saticoy Street was closed while authorities investigated the shooting.